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Victory at Motegi & Championship Runner-up

Bjorn WirdheimBjorn Wirdheim finished 2nd overall in the 2013 Super GT Championship after taking victory in the championship finale at Motegi, Japan this weekend.

Coming into the final race, Bjorn and the GAINER-team were 3rd overall with a chance of overall victory provided that the leading car did not finish on the podium.

After qualifying 2nd Bjorn went on to take the lead on lap 6 in the 250km race and was able to hand the car over to teammate Kazuyuki Hiranaka with a 30 second lead. Hiranaka extended the lead by another 20 seconds before the finish of the race.

“It was a perfect weekend and we were able to control the race. To keep our championship hopes alive we had to win and we managed that comfortably. Unfortunately our main competitor finished 2nd and that cost us the championship,” says Bjorn.

Bjorn Wirdheim“In the end we were 5 points short and those were points we lost earlier in the year due to circumstances out of our control. It’s been an enormously positive season where we have been extremely competitive and together with our partners Mercedes, Dunlop and Dixcel the GAINER-team has proven to be unbeatable when we get everything right.”

Next up for Bjorn is the Chinese round of the World Endurance Championship next weekend where he will return to the Greaves team in their LMP2-prototype.

2013 Super GT Round 8 Motegi – Highlights